Tabet honors the role of fresh herbs in Lebanese dishes by growing mint in front of the restaurant and by drying all of his own herbs in-house. Mezza, a selection of small plates and salads, is perhaps the best way to experience the breadth of flavors created by using fresh herbs. The Hummus Factory offers an order of six or 12.
Other traditional dishes include frarej and falafel. Frarej is baked chicken, and Tabet serves his grandfather’s 64-year-old recipe. The recipe is legendary.
Unlike some falafel that consist of garbanzos alone, Tabet creates his deep-fried bean balls from garbanzo and fava beans and serves them in a bowl filled with fresh raw vegetables and homemade pickles. With a side of hot, pillowy pita, the dish offers enough to create several sandwiches topped with tahini.
Tabet’s self-proclaimed signature dish is the Greek burger. Lebanese cuisine does not feature many beef dishes, but when Tabet started with the food truck, he knew the perfect burger was a necessity. Today, his menu features grass-fed patties. The Greek burger is topped with spinach, feta cheese and crispy onions. On the side, you can substitute zucchini or eggplant fries for a few more dollars.
Another twist that Tabet offers to Lebanese is heat — as in peppers. On any given day, the specials board may feature a new, red-hot dish, but Tabet’s signature creations, jalapeño and ghost pepper hummus, are always on the menu. For more twists, the menu also features pizzas made on pita bread and a dollop of kimchi added to falafel sandwiches.